Granville sports round-up, Nov. 11, 2021

Granville sports round-up, Nov. 11, 2021
Granville midfielder Nate Aldous (#4) was named an Adirondack League Second Team All-Star. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Boys soccer league all-stars named

By Keith Harrington

The boys soccer coaches of the Adirondack League have selected the 2021 Adirondack League all-stars and league powers Lake George and Fort Ann dominated the selections with eight between them. Granville and Hartford each placed a pair of players on the team.

Lake George’s Sam Knauf was named the Adirondack League Most Valuable Player. Knauf led the Warriors in scoring and helped lead Lake George to its fifth consecutive league title.

The Warriors had five players selected to the team. Runner-up Fort Ann had four players honored.

Granville forward Connor Farrell (#2) was named an Adirondack League First Team All-Star. (Photo by Stacie Arnhold)

Granville senior forward Connor Farrell was recognized as a first team all-star. Farrell became the Golden Horde’s all-time career-leading scorer this season. He also set a new school record for goals in a single season.

Hartford was represented on the first team by forward Michael Jones.

Granville midfielder Nate Aldous was named a member of the second team all-stars.

Hartford Midfielder Cody Baker was also named to the second team.

Here are the entire first and second teams.

First Team

Kristian Johnson, Lake George; Poe Tutu, Lake George; Evan Kader, Hadley-Luzerne; Callon Sutliff, Fort Ann; Tom Conway, North Warren; Dan Cunniffe, Bolton-Warrensburg; Michael Jones, Hartford; Caden Cuthbert, Argyle; Connor Farrell, Granville; Hayden Eash, Fort Ann; Alex Wiseman, Corinth.

Second Team

Kyle Dolan, Lake George; Jack Sullivan, Lake George; Riley Barnes, Fort Ann; Jackson Paige, Fort Ann; Cody Baker, Hartford; Justin Rushia, Bolton-Warrensburg; Nathan Aldous, Granville; John Mesch, North Warren; Sam Tangora, Corinth; Zack Caldwell, Hadley-Luzerne; Jared Montello, Argyle.

Horde closes difficult season with rout

By Keith Harrington

If someone had to come up with one word to describe the Granville football team’s season, it would likely be adversity. From Covid-19 to game cancellations to injuries, the Golden Horde has been faced with much to overcome.

The great thing about adversity is that it builds character and you usually come out stronger on the other side.

Granville tossed aside a challenging season by closing their campaign on a high note Wednesday night in a 44-12 victory over Helderberg Valley in a Section II Class D crossover game played in Delanson.

Asked if he thinks the Golden Horde’s season could have moved in a different direction had it not been for the virus and the lost early games, head coach John Irion was pretty definitive: “100%,” Irion said.

“Having started the season with the quarantine and playing a first game against a great Warrensburg team who already had played three games was a bit of a challenge to say the least,” Irion said. “The improvements of understanding and physical play really hit stride in the Cambridge game. From that point on we improved greatly in all areas but still only had 19-20 kids for games. I’m very proud of all of them.”

Against Helderberg Valley, Granville fell behind early when Chris Davis tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Stavros Lefkaditis to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The extra point kick failed.

The Golden Horde responded quickly with a pair of scores to round out the quarter. Fullback Tom Pratt scored on a 40-yard run and Matthew Barlow added the conversion run to give Granville an 8-6 lead.

Next, Nick Crum caught a five-yard scoring pass from RJ Monger to extend the lead to 14-6. The conversion run failed.

In the second quarter Granville blew the game open. Crum found the end zone for the second time on a seven-yard scamper. Pratt’s conversion run made it 22-0 Golden Horde.

Barlow then scored on a 16-yard run to give Granville a 28-6 lead. Alex Warrington tacked on the conversion run to hand the Golden Horde a 30-6 lead at the break.

Davis tried to get Helderberg Valley back in the game in the third quarter with a two-yard run to make it 30-14.

Pratt then dashed any hopes of an Eagles’ comeback when he scored on a nine-yard run to lift Granville back to 36-14.

Tommy McMahon closed out the scoring for the Golden Horde with a 19-yard touchdown run. Trey Mason added the conversion run.

Pratt rushed for 101 yards on 13 carries as Granville rolled up 451 yards of offense, including 416 yards on the ground.

Warrington rushed for 95 yards on seven carries. Barlow contributed 88 yards on nine rushes.

Irion could not say enough about the leadership provided by his seniors under less-than-ideal conditions for their final season.

“With the last couple years of the pandemic stuff it was a lot like starting over,” Irion said. “These seniors ended up being great examples of the effort needed to achieve our goals. We will miss them but they helped forge the path for the future.”

Granville finishes the season 2-5. Helderberg Valley closes at 1-6.

Cross country teams’ sectional results

By Keith Harrington

The Granville-Whitehall and Hartford cross country teams competed in the Section II Cross Country Championships last Friday at Saratoga State Park and while neither team came home with any individual or team wins, they had respectable showings.

The Granville-Whitehall boys and girls competed in Class C. The Hartford boys and girls raced in Class D.

In the girls Class D race Hartford’s Brynn Tyler had a strong performance. Tyler came across the line in 12th with a time of 21:13:76. Tyler, who is just an 8th grader, was the second highest Adirondack League finisher behind Argyle senior Alyssa Freeguard.

McKenzie Johnson finished 64th for Hartford. Lily Stokowski was 71st and Kayla Livingston 76th.

In the Class D boys race Logan Reynolds of the Tanagers finished 53rd. Reynolds was second in the Adirondack League meet.

Other Hartford finishers were Bryton Mandigo 65th, Hunter LaCross 82nd, Hongxu Qian 88th, Justin Nix 111th and Michael Smith 113th.

In the Class C boys race Quinn Johnson was the highest Granville-Whitehall finisher. Johnson finished in 40th place with a time of 19:18:12.

Other finishers for Granville-Whitehall were Matt Pietryka 82nd, Hunter Rockenstire 86th, Tristan Teer 87th, Carter Powell 104th and Preston Bakemeier 108th.

Only two girls ran for Granville on the Class C side. Natlie Morin finishes 90th and Cammi DeKalb 108th.

The girls Class D race was won by Berlin-New Lebanon. Voorheesville claimed the girls Class C championship.

The boys Class D title went to Mayfield. Fonda-Fultonville won the boys Class C crown.